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“I hope not only to have fun with my sister queens, travel around the world and learn new things, I also hope to use the huge platform that IJM gives me to lay a helping hand in my community, be a role model and create a positive change in the society.”

Dumelang! Which means greetings in SeTswana, my native language. I am Leruo Nape and I am very proud to announce myself as the first South African International Junior Miss Jr. Teen. I live in Johannesburg city which is known as the ‘City of gold’.

I am a grade 11 student, and because of my passion for women, children and service, I hope to be a pediatrician or a gynecologist in the future. Singing is one of my favourite things! I am part of my church and school choir and have won many singing awards. Other than singing, I’ve been recognized for my acting, dancing and public speaking skills. During my free time I enjoy being in the outdoors, reading and playing tennis.

I started pageantry at the age of 9 and have won quite a number of titles, and honestly I believe that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Through pageantry not only have I made unforgettable memories, experienced new things and travelled around the world, but I’ve also learned so much and gained essential qualities I need to reach my goals and ultimately be the person I want to be, such as hard work, determination, discipline, compassion, and patience.

I’ve done over 300 hours of community work. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous organizations and charities. I’m working with the inhabitants of the Goudkoppies Land Refill and provide a minimum of 250 refugees living on the dump site with a hot plate of food, and hygiene resources. Other charities I support are the St Andrews home for the aged, Nkosi Haven (orphanage) and Better SA, an organisation that does charity all over South Africa.

During my year of reign, I hope not only to have fun with my sister queens, travel around the world and learn new things, I also hope to use the huge platform that IJM gives me to lay a helping hand in my community, be a role model and create a positive change in the society.

 
 

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